China’s crackdown on Muslims in the country’s western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is finally attracting mainstream attention. On Monday, a U.N. commission lent credibility to multiple reports claiming as many as 3 million Uighurs (a Turkic-speaking, largely Muslim ethnic minority), as well as some ethnic Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities, have been forced into “re-education camps” in Xinjiang. The region has been home to a low-boil insurgency and occasional ethnic rioting for decades. On Tuesday, the Daily Beast reported that China’s surveillance of Uighurs is extended even into the U.S., with Chinese state security allegedly compiling a global database of Uighurs and stepping up monitoring of their activities abroad. Maintaining tight control over peripheral buffer regions like Xinjiang is a geopolitical imperative for China. But Beijing is evidently starting to feel the heat, with Chinese state media publishing a series of defensive reports claiming, among other thi
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